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Accident: 14468854 - Employee Crushed And Killed By Falling Tree

Accident: 14468854 -- Report ID: 0317500 -- Event Date: 01/12/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
90448201/14/19871794Indiana Tri-County Excavating
Employee #1 was a brusher with a crew that was clearing a gas line right-of-way through a wooded area. He cut a tree at its base but it did not fall. It remained upright, held by its branches that were caught in the surrounding trees. Employee #1 walked 20 feet to cut a log protruding from a brush pile. While he was making the second cut, the wind blew the first tree over on him. Employee #1 was killed.
Keywords: high wind, tree felling, work rules, construction, lodged tree, crushed, struck by, falling object, inattention
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 904482 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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